Back to basics.

Some days it is easy to forget about Autism.
You see the behaviours, the differences, the meltdowns on a daily basis.
Autism becomes your normal.

Today my friend has been using her Facebook wall to provide basic information about Autism to anyone willing to read it.
Such a great idea, educating about Autism is an ongoing mountain climb.

Reading through it I realised that I have ‘forgotten’ alot of the basics.
Forgotten? I’m sure the information is sat somewhere behind the sleep deprivation cloud that inhabits most of my mind!

Even people who live and breath Autism on a daily basis need educating.
We need to read and refresh our memories.
Somewhere in that information is that trigger we have missed, that simple solution we have forgotten how to use.

We get lost in the everyday trying to get through.
We get eaten up wading through lists and sticking to routines.

We spend so much time trying to help Autism in its everyday life, that we forget what Autism is.

Autism is present from birth.
There is no rhyme or reason why some people are affected and some are not.
There is no cure, a child with Autism will become an adult with Autism.
Autism is a developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them.
No two people with Autism are the same.
Autism is a spectrum condition meaning that people can be affected in varying degrees.
All Autistic people share certain difficulties , but being Autistic will affect them in different ways.
Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to other people.

It is a vast subject to research, but one that I am fascinated by.
It is by no means easy to understand. Somedays I have absolutely no idea what I am doing, others I feel like I wear an Autism Champion crown!

The basic knowledge you need is out there for all to read.
Everybody knows someone who is affected by Autism in one way or another, whether you have a relative with Autism, or a friend of a friend knows someone who has it.
It is being diagnosed more and more as we come to understand it further.
We will never understand it fully but by making ourselves Autism Aware we can then strive to build a road to Autism Acceptance.

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